Best third shot in tennis?

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A third shot is the one you hit to return a return of serve.

Who has the best third shot among active players and of all time? Discuss.
 

guitarra

Professional
All big servers have good 2nd shots after serve but that’s because they often get short replies off their huge serves, if any.
 
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Rafa by a country mile, its the centerpiece of his whole game, wide serve, soft reply, big Rafa forehand :)
Its what hurt Federer the most in this match-up.
 
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flanker2000fr

Professional
He's definitely the first to really play that style or at least master it.
Quite. I am a bit surprised to see the deference players of his generation have to Lendl, much more so that I would have thought. It's quite apparent if you watch him chat with Wilander / Becker / McEnroe during the last US Open.
 

zep

Hall of Fame
Nadal. Federer gets a lot of easy balls due to his serve. Nadal does it without a dominant serve. Whenever Nadal gets to hit a FH after his serve which is often the case, he almost always wins the point.
 
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